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Volcane discovers something new about her childhood friend.

(I'm desperate to get them all out of that beige hotel room...)

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Renamed comic title 16th December 06
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:iconmwiings:
mwiings Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2007   Writer
I', trying not to comment on every single page but this is seriously very good, i love the development of just about everything!
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J-Mobius Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2007
whoah, must read all of this. love your art. you should put a page up on comicspace.com. I got one there [link]

cheers.
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staticgirl Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
woah I've not seen that before! Thanks for the link and kind comments!
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Fayea Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2006
Ace stuff. Get them out of that hotel and into some fresh air!
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staticgirl Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:)
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e-mc2 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2006
Lordie, is that man ever fiiiiiine!

Love the expressions in the second and fourth panels, and the profiles in the third. Pretty sweet disappearing act, too. :D
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staticgirl Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not v pleased with how I drew the first panel of the disappearance and it took me hours. I was a bit stuck. I might try a few different ways of representing it if I need to in future.

But yeah my fave panels were the ones you pointed out and for similar reasons too. :)
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e-mc2 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2006
Instead of blurring the white into his outline, maybe you could try to use the smudge tool? It'll create harder lines, but you could then blur the white into the background. I'm not sure, I've never had a character disappear on me like that!

By the way, this page at a higher resolution than usual? It's showing up huuuuuge, and I can't tell if it's just the new layout.
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staticgirl Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ha version two!

Took what you said and combined it with some ideas I had and it looks better... The blender tool was good for showing the air rippling under the heat from space-time being mangled.
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e-mc2 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2006
Love the newer version!! It really fits exactly what you're showing. Not that anyone's really sure of exactly how it looks to mangle space and time. ;P

New size is perfect, too.
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staticgirl Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent! Your comments really helped!
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staticgirl Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmmm. I'll give that a go...

I think it is a higher resolution may need to change it....
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pinkfluff100 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
(*waves back cousin*) Razor can disappear wow how the... OK I'll have to wait I know but good twist I like it gives him even more mystery. Keep it up I've always loved reading your stories and looking at your art.
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staticgirl Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hey up! Yes, he is trying to take over the comic but he musn't! I must send you a copy of my backstory notes when I've finished spellchecking them! It's the whole chronology of every story I have done!
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TokyoGo-Go Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2006  Hobbyist
He disappeared. Who's the kid who got taken in for questioning? Why did that bloke disappear? How come he can do that? Or was it done to him? That woman with the blue hair....I always think of her as being you. But maybe that's because you use her as her avatar. Forgive the stupidity of my questions. I have only just started reading it.

By the way, I went into the comic shop today for the first time in eons and I bought a new comic called "supermarket", but I haven't finished reading it yet, so I can't really say what it's like. But the artwork is pretty good and the story - so far - has pulled at least one good move. Hmmmm. We'll see.
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staticgirl Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Volcane is not me although she is sharing a similar clothes sense at the moment. She's being a bit 'butter wouldn't melt' at the moment but I hope to show more of her other sides. She can be a right cow sometimes - I'm much nicer than her. And anyway my hair is purple-ish. :)

Just googled that 'Supermarket' and I can see why you like it. It's art is very bright and zippy. :)
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TokyoGo-Go Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2006  Hobbyist
I quite like it. In so far as one can judge any comic book on the basis of only having read a single issue. I like the title - Supermarket - it's sort of cheesy and kitsch and modern. The story seems.....okay, so far. The art is very sort of manga-anime-bandwaggon-hopping. That's what's popular, I suppose. Which is fair enough. But I do quite like the young male gangster - I can't remember his name and I don't have the book to hand. I like the way he's drawn and the clothes he wears. He's quite stylish in an understated sort of way. I'm sort of toying with the idea of doing a drawing of him myself.:)

Anyway, I've decided that I'm going to read some Volcane. I quite like picking up comic books halfway through their run, or something, and not particularly reading them in sequential order. So that I never really know what is going on.....:)
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staticgirl Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well that's okay because the authoress herself has little more idea what is going on. Not in the short term anyway - I have roughed out a sort of 'meta-plot'....
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Mizra Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
I always meant to ask you: Do you use ComicLife? I found it on the new iMacs at school and found it terrifically entertaining.
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staticgirl Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No I've never heard of it until now. It does look like fun but it looks like it's for Macs only.

I do the pencils and the 1st draft inks with traditional media and then move it onto the computer for alteration, colouring, lettering and general tidying up. :)
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Mizra Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, I see. Sounds like a lot of work to me. LOL, I was never cut out for doing comicbook work. Your patience is amazing with it!
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staticgirl Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Patience comes if you are obsessed. :D I have to admit it's a slow old process and even slower since I went digital...
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EryckWebbGraphics Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
uh oh!
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staticgirl Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's not every day you find out someone you've known for nearly 20 years can disappear into thin air....
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EryckWebbGraphics Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
exactly!
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Topdogbobby Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2006
I love it...this looks amazing! I really love your coloring too. Looking forward to the next page (and I really need to ink my next page thats been sitting here for days!)
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staticgirl Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aw I really appreciate your support.
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Topdogbobby Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2006
Right back at you. Its great seeing comments from you, it feels like Im not just doing it for myself. Keep up the great work!
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BreakInTheSun Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2006
Just got finished reading the comic up to here. Not bad at all. The art is pretty good (especially by dA standards) but more importantly, I like your storytelling so far - it's engaging, and I appreciate the fact that you're building the background slowly instead of feeling the need to spoon-feed it to us right from the start.

You seem to be starting off with a fair amount of characters; that big a cast has a lot of potential, but you do need to be careful to make sure you stay focused on the stories you want to tell, and make sure that we can always keep the characters straight.

One thing - the intruder's ninja suit bothers me; that sort of outfit very rarely makes sense, and it sticks out amid the sort of realism you seem to be going for (the bandwidth comment, for example) - though the ending of this panel raises some question-marks about that (as I'm sure it's meant to do)...

Anyway, bottom line, pretty cool work. Keep it up!
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staticgirl Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much, very interesting comments. :)

I just dressed that kid in black because he was creeping around in the dark. It was everyone else who decided he was a ninja. :D Hence the baseball bat instead of fancy weaponry. I haven't quite worked out what he was doing there yet...

You are right about the number of charas as I don't want them to get out of control. I've been working on these for a very long time so there is already a huge cast that I have to remember I am introducing to everyone (except my cousin *waves at cousin*) for the first time.

I've always found plot buidling extremely difficult so it's encouraging to read comments like yours. I can only hope I don't start getting boring and that I have the strength to do whatever it necessary to my characters (I get too fond of them).
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